By Paul Erewuba
After recent successes recorded in the national football scene, Bayelsa State is set to kick start a developmental football fiesta to catch them young.
The state, it would be recalled, won the men’ s FA Cup courtesy of Bayelsa United while Bayelsa Queens also emerged champions in the women FA Cup competition.
As a result, the government of Bayelsa has decided to start the Principals Cup football competition for all secondary schools in the state with the aim of breeding future champions for the state and the country at large.
Bayelsa state signed a Memoradium of Understandingn (MoU) with a sports marketing firm to stage the maiden edition of the Bayelsa Principals Cup later this year.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Government House, Yenagoa, the Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, expressed delight over development aimed at identifying and grooming young talents in sports.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, the Deputy Governor, noted that the development was coming at a time government is working towards raising another professional football team in state to further boost Bayelsa’s fortunes in football.